The Muse Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Satire, Hollywood in-jokes won't appeal to kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 30, 2009
Like the character he plays here, Albert Brooks needed someone or something to re-inspire him while working on this plodding comedy.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 20, 2009
Albert Brooks' mildly amusing satire about the inner workings of Hollywood benefits from Sharon Stone's droll and sexy performance, but as a comedy it's too familiar and not funny enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 25, 2008
Brooks' gentle satire of Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 7, 2002
In its story of a terrible filmmaker, it almost manages to explain the madness behind why Brooks still gets to crank out excrement like this.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 28, 2002
Squeezes out plenty of laughs at the expense of the Hollywood film community.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
The Muse is sketch-comedy thin and features an overdone comic performance from Sharon Stone, making it Brooks' least satisfying film in quite a while.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The Muse might have worked better if it didn't presume that we're all as interested in the machinations of Hollywood as Brooks is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rod Dreher
New York Post
January 1, 2000
It's good for some sterling one-liners and a generous handful of sparkling scenes, but after a strong, peppery start, the movie collapses into bland mush for want of anything interesting to say.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
There are lots of punchy lines, but the one-joke movie doesn't have all that much to say.
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
A hit-and-miss affair, banking a bit too much on its one joke premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The Muse is an underdeveloped, lackluster effort, despite a sparkling comic turn by Sharon Stone.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A writer and comic who's the best when he's the nastiest, Brooks creates for himself a character that's way too accommodating and sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
I thought Brooks mailed this script in.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 1, 2000
Though consistently fun in an Albert Brooks kind of way, this film drags its feet with the business of building to a climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
An embarrassment.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David L. Beck
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
A dark and often unattractive movie.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Typically fresh and idiosyncratic in the writing but often flat directorially.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
January 1, 2000
The clear potential that The Muse possesses only makes the final product even more of a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
Appropriately enough, it seems that Brooks and Johnson needed a muse of their own to really make this film work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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